Several Diakon Senior Living Services staff members recently discussed the fact most people call what we offer in our personal care communities assisted living.
Because of varying licensures in Pennsylvania (Maryland is different—what we offer there is called assisted living), what Diakon’s senior living communities provide is technically called personal care.
Yet the term simply means we are providing assistance to people with the activities of daily living.
As we grow older, there may come a time it becomes harder to live on our own, yet we still want an independent lifestyle.
Personal care is helpful when it’s not possible for us to remain in our own homes any longer. Personal care allows people to continue to enjoy an active lifestyle, programs, activities, social opportunities—along with daily care.
People who receive personal care typically live the same lifestyle as before, except with the benefit of a little added care when it’s needed.
Personal care helps with such daily tasks as:
● Assistance with bathing
● Assistance with dressing
● Managing medications
● Managing overall health and wellness
Provided by trained and caring staff members, personal care optimizes independence by taking needs, interests and personal schedules into account, while offering an engaging lifestyle.
Personal care communities such as those within Diakon Senior Living Services also offer 24-hour licensed nursing staff, wellness services including a dietician and podiatrist, spiritual enrichment, scheduled transportation to doctors’ appointments, 24-hour call systems, security and much more.
To enhance independence, personal care communities offer social programming tailored to personal needs and preferences. Many communities offer everything from art and music classes to clubs and groups featuring an array of hobbies, educational opportunities and outings to engaging services and amenities.
Moreover, the personal care team focuses on providing requested and needed support, allowing residents to do as much as possible on their own. These dedicated staff members encourage independence and wellness while offering care when and if needed. They design care around personal schedules, providing residents with control and freedom—adding to both dignity and an independent lifestyle!
—Charlene E. Fisher
Personal Care Administrator
Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, Lewisburg, Pa.